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No comment from Russia’s Kalashnikov group on plans of RWC to manufacture rifles in US

January 21, 2015, 23:49 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to the CNN version, the RWC, which is the official importer and distributor of the Kalashnikov rifles in the US, had to stop importing them after the US imposed sanctions against Russia
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MOSCOW, January 21. /TASS/. Russian weaponry manufacturing corporation Kalashnikov has refrained from comments on the situation around the plans of the US-based Russian Weapon Company to begin manufacturing of thee world-famous Kalashnikov automatic assault rifles in the US, TASS was told by an official at the Kalashnikov press service on Wednesday.

“We don’t comment on this situation and those who need details are welcome to address the RWC,” he said.

A story on the RWC’s plans was revealed earlier on the same day by the CNN a report saying that the “[…] gun company had found a way around the anti-Russian sanctions that have banned the imports of the Kalashnikov assault rifles.” According to the report, the clue to the situation was “Make them here, the USA.”.

The story said the guns manufactured in America would have the same name as the original: AK-47.

According to the CNN version, the RWC, which is the official importer and distributor of the Kalashnikov assault rifles in the US, had to stop importing them after the US imposed sanctions against Russia last July.

“RWC, based in Tullytown, Pennsylvania, has the rights to the AK-47 Kalashnikov brand of guns,” the report said.

In the meantime, family members of weapons designed Mikhail Kalashnikov, who died in December 2013, told TASS in the city of Izhevsk, western Urals, that they were astonished by the RWC’s plans to launch the manufacturing of AK-47s under the ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ brand.

“I don’t know bad or good or just total shame,” Mikhail Kalashnikov’s daughter Tatiana, the president of a foundation in her father’s name said. “I don’t really know how to describe this. Most obviously, it’s quite astonishing.”

She said she did not know on what grounds anyone in the US could start the manufacturing of legendary assault rifles.

“These are very complicated things,” Tatiana Kalashnikova said. “What’s the corporation doing at present? We don’t know what relations it has had and who the partners were and who promised what whom to and who made arrangements.”

“We (the relatives) don’t know anything at all about it,” she said.

Still Kalashnikova believes that the brand of the assault rifle created by her celebrated father should belong to the Russian Defense Ministry, since the creation of the guns was sponsored by precisely this ministry

Kalashnikov corporation is Russia’s largest producer of combat automatic guns and sniping equipment, as well as guided artillery projectiles and a broad spectrum of civilian products from hunting guns to sports rifles to industrial processing units to bench-work tools. Its produce is exported to the U.S., Britain,Germany, Norway, Canada, Kazakhstan, Thailand and another twenty countries.

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